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Harkin Announces $420,000 for Fair Housing in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:39
February 7, 2012 - WASHINGTON D.C.-Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) has awarded $422,622 to seven Iowa cities. FHAP aims to assist state and local agencies that administer fair housing laws. The assistance includes support for complaint processing, training, technical assistance, data and information systems, and other fair housing projects. The program is also designed to provide incentives for states and localities to assume a greater share of the responsibility for administering fair housing laws. Senator Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds HUD.

“Quality, affordable housing is one of our most basic needs,” said Harkin.  “I am pleased the federal government is providing funding to Iowa cities that will allow each of them to take responsibility for fair housing laws and projects in their communities.”

Details of the funding are as followings:
Cedar Rapids Civil Rights Commission-$100,000
Davenport Civil Rights Commission-$64,285
Des Moines Human Rights Department-$44,680
Iowa Civil Rights Commission-$37,200
Mason City Human Rights Commission-$86,802
Sioux City Human Rights Commission-$23,655
Waterloo Commission on Human Rights-$66,000

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action Monday, February 6, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:10

CHICAGO – February 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 588 

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Allows the Secretary of State to award libraries grants to public libraries in municipalities that have reduced the tax levy for libraries.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 1708

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Exempts peace officers from the unlawful use of a weapon if they are serving as members of a tactical response or special operations team.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  June 1

 

Bill No.: SB 1640

An Act Concerning: State Government

Allows the Executive Ethics Commission to make temporary and acting appointments for the director of the Illinois Power Agency.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1701

An Act Concerning: Criminal Law

Provides limited immunity to a person who seeks medical attention for someone experiencing an overdose.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  June 1

 

Bill No.: SB 1830

An Act Concerning: Regulation

Makes numerous changes to the Cemetery Oversight Act.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: Immediately

 

 

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action - Monday, February 6, 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Monday, 06 February 2012 11:45

CHICAGO – February 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: SB 965

An Act Concerning: Transportation

Authorizes the city of Chicago to use automatic speed enforcement cameras within one-eighth of a mile around schools from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during schooldays. Also authorizes use of automatic speed enforcement cameras within one-eighth of a mile around parks from one hour prior to facility opening to one hour after facility closing.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date:  July 1

 

 

Bill No.: SB 1697

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Mandates a $2 fee to be paid by defendants to the state’s attorney and public defenders in counties with a population of 3 million or more, in order to create and maintain automatic recordkeeping systems.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: June 1

 

 

Bill No.: SB 1865

An Act Concerning: Local Government

Reduces fines set out in SB 965. Sets fines for driving six to 10 miles per hour over speed limit at a maximum of $50 with an additional $50 if late. Sets fines for driving 10 miles per hour over limit results at a maximum fine of $100, with an additional $100 if late. Requires cameras can be operated from Monday through Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Action: Signed                        

Effective Date: July 1

 

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Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Announce Kick Off of “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Monday, 06 February 2012 11:25
Release Date: February 6, 2012
Release Number: 1

Are you prepared for an emergency? Whether it be a tornado, flood, terrorism, or other disaster event, citizens
need to be prepared in order to take care of their family, neighbors, and community.

How well are you prepared? Ask yourself these three questions from the Red Cross Ready Quotient Survey:

1. In the last year have you made a specific plan for how you and your family would communicate in an
emergency situation if you were separated?

2. In the last year, have you prepared a disaster supply kit with emergency supplies, like water, food, and
medicine that is kept in a designated place in your home?

3. In the last year, have you established a specific meeting place to reunite in the event you and your
family cannot return home or are evacuated?

Everyone needs to be able to take care of themselves, their family, and possibly their neighbors in the initial
stages of a disaster event. However, the task of preparing for such an event can seem to be overwhelming and
costly. This is why the Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership have partnered
to bring the “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” to your area. This program will help prepare you and your
family, a little at a time, over a 20 week period.

Each week new preparedness information will be shared in this publication including a list of items to gather
or purchase for your disaster supply kit. You may also sign up at www.safeguardiowa.org/subscribe-to-be-
prepared to receive weekly reminders and announcements that will help you and your family become prepared.

By participating in this 20 Weeks to Preparedness Program:
• You and your family will be prepared for any emergency.
• You will develop an emergency kit (home and vehicle).
• You will develop a family communications plan.
• You will develop/test your home evacuation plan.
• You will have copies of important documents and document contents of your home.
• You will be self sufficient during an emergency.
• You will improve your health, your family’s health, and the health and well being of our community
during an emergency.

Additional information is available by contacting your local Emergency Management Coordinator
at 563-484-3050 or visiting the website at www.iascema.com. Visit Safeguard Iowa Partnership at
www.safeguardiowa.org, on twitter @safeguardiowa or Facebook at www.facebook.com/safeguardiowa.

The Region 6 Homeland Security Board is comprised of fourteen counties in eastern Iowa that coordinate homeland security planning,
training, exercise, response, and recovery. The counties included are Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton,
Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott.

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to

 
Schilling Congratulates RIA, FEMA’s Region V Operations Center PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andie Pivarunas   
Monday, 06 February 2012 09:25

Moline, Illinois - Congressman Bobby Schilling (IL-17) released the following statement upon the announcement that the Rock Island Arsenal has been selected FEMA's Regional Operations Center for Region V, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin:

"I have long said that the Rock Island Arsenal is a national treasure, and I couldn’t be more pleased by FEMA’s announcement today that the Arsenal was selected to host the Regional Operations Center for our area.  The Arsenal’s central location and existing capabilities make it the ideal selection for FEMA’s new office.  I look forward to working with FEMA in this new capacity, and to seeing the Arsenal fill a vital role in both America’s national defense and homeland security strategies.”

Since March 1, 2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been part of the United States Department of Homeland Security.  Schilling has worked to promote the Arsenal as centrally located and as home to the resources FEMA’s Regional Operations Centers require.

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